Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell OR Liam Callanan
David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas is the most famous one, also thanks to the (not so well received) film adaptation starring Tom Hanks and Hally Berry and directed by The Wachowski bros. But there’s another book with almost the same title: The Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan, an adventure story of a young soldier in Alaska during WWII.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens OR Kathy Acker
You hear or read Great Expectations and you immediately think of the classic by Charles Dickens. So why would anyone use the same title for their book?
Well, because Acker’s postmodern novel is in direct dialogue with the former, even mimicking its famous opening lines.
Possession by A.S. Byatt OR Ann Rule (OR Stephen King?)
Byatt’s is a Booker Prize-winning romance story while Rule’s suspense novel topped the New York Times bestselling list. But here’s a fun fact: Stephen King’s The Regulators was translated as Posesión (literally, Possession) for the Spanish version.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho OR Michael Scott
Coelho’s self-help book disguised as a novel was a bestseller.
Michael Scott’s book is actually called The Alchemyst (an old way to spell it) and is part of a series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. (And yes, the character from Harry Potter actually existed in real life).
The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky OR José Saramago
This one’s here because of the English translation, since Saramago’s novel is actually called The Duplicated Man. However, both deal with the same main idea and are both unmissable (as well as their adaptations to the big screen; in Saramago’s case, they changed the title yet again to Enemy).